Now that the warm weather and summer are finally on their way, most of us are outside throughout the day which is wonderful. While the benefits of being outside overwhelming outweigh anything else, we need to make sure we are all wearing our sunblock. Read on to learn more about the importance of sunscreen, and how to pick which is best for you and your family.
If you are anything like me, you make sure your kids have sunscreen on, but never worry too much about yourself. However, my dad was recently diagnosed with skin cancer. It was thankfully easily treatable, but I learned a lot through the process. Did you know the CDC reports over 5 million Americans a year are treated for skin cancer?
Everything you need to know about sunscreen:
- It blocks UV rays from the sun from coming onto your skin.
- SPF matter! You want at least SPF 50 in order to protect your skin for long days outside.
- Sunscreens do have an expiration date! Just like your food, throw it away after the date.
- Infants should not use sunscreen until at least 6 months old. Please check the sunscreen bottle before applying.
- They come in lotions, creams, sticks, oils, sprays, butters, and gels.
- Reapply every 2 hours no matter what. No sunscreen is completely waterproof.
Common places we forget to apply sunscreen:
- Tops of feet
- Back of neck
Other ways to protect yourself from the sun:
- Wear hats, sunglasses, and UV protective clothing while swimming
- Sit in the shade
- Stay inside during peak UV time of 10:00am-2:00pm
Sun safety habits need to start early, so they will become second nature. Skin cancer related to sun exposure can be limited and even preventable in some cases. Involve your children in putting on their sunscreen. Make a game out of it or sing a song while the whole family puts their sunscreen on together.